A change brought on by the recent adoption of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code caused several plumbers to speak out against a portion of it at the Jan. 2 commissioners’ meeting.
The code, which is updated periodically, replaces the 2012 edition previously in use at South Whitehall.
Attorney Joseph Zator explained it is a three-year process for the code to be updated, accepted by the state, and made available to municipalities.
Plumbers objected to the section stating a permit may be issued to someone who does not have a license to do plumbing work.
Children at Union Lutheran Sunday School are collecting pennies as their contribution to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger program.
They showed up at the God’s Work, Our Hands event last fall with piggy banks, pots, coffee cans and plastic bags all filled with pennies.
At that time, the group had amassed $120 for the ELCA World Hunger piglet campaign.
The amount enabled needy families to receive piglets.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval to a $90,145 capital improvements project at the Greenawalds Fire Company.
Bids were awarded to Mohawk Contracting and Development, Zionsville, during the board’s Dec. 5 meeting.
Work includes construction of a new mezzanine for additional storage needs; repairs to the existing and deteriorating floor drain system; construction of interior partitions for storage of maintenance equipment, tools, and materials; painting of interior walls; and installation of partitions for enclosure of the air cylinder fill station.
Parkland School District is planning to borrow $30 million early in 2019 for construction of the Veterans Memorial Elementary School, in Upper Macungie, and other district projects.
Borrowing for the new school with a projected cost of $35.9 million, is also included in previous and future bond issues.
South Whitehall commissioners have authorized Police Chief Glen Dorney to purchase 22 portable tri-band radios at a cost of $88,647.
Dorney told commissioners during their Dec. 5, 2018, meeting the radios will provide officers with three bands of frequencies to communicate with Lehigh County 911 Communications Center, Parkland School District, the City of Allentown, and the City of Bethlehem.
The Upper Lehigh Lions Club is celebrating its 71st year with 62 members dedicated to serving the local community and some national and worldwide endeavors.
Recently, the club presented a check for $3,000 to the Center for Vision Loss to help screen children for eye issues and to assist with expenses of the organization.
The club donated $200 to Family Promise to help families who are homeless, decorated the township Christmas tree and sponsored a spaghetti supper to benefit the Schnecksville Fire Company kitchen rebuilding fund.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted approval for construction of a 10,600-square-foot building to house seasonal employees at Dorney Park.
The three-story structure will be situated in the northwestern portion of park property now used for outdoor materials storage.
A 20-foot-wide access drive will be available around the back of the building for firetrucks.
General Manager of Dorney Park Mike Fehnel commented on the need for the dormitory-style housing during the board’s Dec. 5 meeting.
A PennDOT road improvement project of Route 100 between Tilghman Street and Industrial Drive will impact land at Fogelsville Elementary School.
Parkland Director of School Services David Keppel reported during the school board’s Dec. 18 meeting the road will be reconstructed and left turning lanes will be lengthened during the two-year project.
A 5-foot wide, 500-foot-long strip totaling .057 acres of school district property will be needed to improve drainage, Keppel said.
The parcel runs the length of the elementary school property.
After several public workshop sessions and discussions among staff and commissioners, South Whitehall Director of Finance Brooke Neve reports a 0.35-mill real estate tax increase is proposed for 2019.
The new rate of 2.84975 mills is expected to produce an additional $531,603 revenue in the new year.
An owner of a property at the township average of $308,355 would pay a $108 increase over the 2018 rate.
Total budgeted revenue for the general fund is $16,302,301. The projected operating expense is $16,289,748 with $12,553 left over.
The Upper Lehigh Historical Society will sell homemade Christmas cookies and clear toy candy at the Schneck House 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16,
Everyone is invited to visit the historic Schneck log house along Route 873 across from McDonald’s in Schnecksville and purchase the special holiday treats.
Bingo has resumed Monday nights in the Schnecksville Fire Company.
Doors open 5:30 p.m. Early bird bingo begins 6 p.m. Regular games start at 6:45 p.m. The kitchen will be open.